A 50th Anniversary is significant – for both humans and automobiles.
My in-laws just celebrated 66. Now that’s something to think about! But I digress.
The 2020 Nissan 370Z Sport coupe pays homage to original 1970 Datsun 240Z that was powerful, stylish, and came with a MSRP just over $3,500. Thanks to our friend inflation, you can add another zero to that number.
My tester, with the 50th Anniversary Edition package, is offered exclusively on the Sport trim level and comes with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmissions. It also comes in 370Z, 370Z Sport Touring and 370Z NISMO trims.
It certainly received more than its fair share of head turns, gawks, stares and attention. Even some trick-or-treaters, and many parents commented on its beauty after candy was dispersed at the front door.
Its unique appearance pays tribute to the renowned Brock Racing Enterprises livery that adorned the famous BRE Datsun racers of the late 1960s and early 1970s – in a choice of two exterior two-tone color options: white/red or silver/black, with bold door stripes. Other exterior features include unique red wheel accents, black outside mirrors, 50th Anniversary side marker decals and 50th Anniversary rear badge.
The two-seat, rear-wheeler is powered by a 3.7-liter, DOHC, 24-valve, V6 engine that delivers 332-horsepower, 270 lb.-ft. of torque, and accelerates from 0-to-60 miles per hour in five seconds. Push your foot down and your ears are rewarded with some sweet exhaust notes as the 370Z sprints up to speed.
The rear hatchback opens to provide some storage space, and there is a little more behind the seats – but not enough to fit my golf clubs. Road noise is excessive, but the power and handling more than offset the annoyance.
My Z was more than easy on the eyes, it was also easy on gas. The EPA rates the Nissan at 26 miles per gallon down the highway and 22 mpg in combined city/highway usage.
A driver-oriented cockpit is built around a deeply scooped instrument panel and full-length center console separating the driver and passenger’s seat. The instrument panel includes a three-pod cluster with oil temperature, voltmeter and clock, power windows with one-touch auto up/down function, power door locks with auto-lock feature and automatic climate control. Other interior details include a smooth leather-wrapped shift knob and aluminum-trimmed pedals.
Other standard interior comfort and convenience features include Nissan intelligent key with pushbutton start, rear window defroster with timer, two 12-volt power outlets, three cup holders, dual overhead map lights, Bluetooth, and an AM/FM/CD/AUX Bose audio with eight speakers, and illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls. An auto-dimming mirror with rear-view camera is also standard on all models.
A long list of standard safety and security features includes an energy-absorbing steering column, antilock braking system, security system, dynamic and traction control, and speed-sensitive power steering.
Base Price: $35,965
Price As Driven: $38,855
Destination charge is included in base price, Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.